Barry McBee began his role as vice chancellor for governmental relations in the University of Texas System in June 2006.
Prior to joining the UT System, he was first assistant attorney general, the agency's chief administrator under the State Attorney General. He was appointed to the post by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in 2002.
McBee served as chief of staff for Rick Perry in both the Governor's and the Lt. Governor's offices. He also served as deputy commissioner of agriculture from 1991 to 1995 and was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission where he served as chairman from 1995 to 1998.
McBee served as a special assistant to the secretary of the cabinet of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1991. In the private sector he has been a partner at Bracewell & Patterson LLP (now Bracewell & Giuliani) in Houston and an oil and gas and real estate attorney as an associate and partner at the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight LLP.
As vice chancellor and chief governmental relations officer, McBee will represent the Board of Regents and the UT System in its interactions with the Legislature and other state agencies.
McBee holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.